There’s something about Rimowa.For the opening celebration of the first U.S. store at 535 Madison Avenue, Rimowa drew A-listers such as Jared Leto, Alessandra Ambrosio, Melissa George, Jeremy Piven, Charlotte Ronson and Alex Lundqvist.Tom Nelson, executive vice president of Rimowa, said he expects the 1,600-square-foot flagship to do at least $1,200 in sales per square foot. The Madison Avenue unit has a 500-square-foot lower level with a repair center.Rimowa is also opening an 1,800-square-foot store in Miami in December and a 1,300-square-foot unit at Ala Moana Center in Honolulu in November 2013. “We’re looking at Ala Moana as an opportunistic strategy,” Nelson said. “The mall is adding Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom.”Nelson said that Rimowa’s four-year-old Toronto flagship produces sales of $1,800 a square foot. “I don’t believe in occupancy costs [for a store] being more than 12 percent of sales,” he said. “Each store has to stand on its own.”Rimowa’s scratch-resistant polycarbonate cases range in price from $500 to $3,000. Small leather goods start at $100. A new Onyx line, which will bow next year, features “the best of aluminum, polycarbonate and leather,” Nelson said. “The company’s roots are in the quality and hand-made engineered process. We manufacture in Ontario.”Artist and curator Neville Wakefield created a limited-edition luggage collection for Rimowa out of polished aluminum, then asked Brazilian artists to embellish the cases. The 22-piece sets costs $7,500, with proceeds going to three charities. Only 40 sets were created. Twenty sets are available in New York and 20 will be sold in the new Miami store, whose opening will coincide with Miami Art Basel.“It’s cool to be able to offer fashion colors and styles and the best-made pieces,” Nelson said, adding that the U.S. store count will top out at 25 units. Rimowa also has a healthy wholesale business with retailers such as Bloomingdale’s and Barneys New York. With a European flagship in Cologne, Germany, Rimowa has 115 branded stores worldwide, mostly company-owned, with partners in Hong Kong, Taipei and Milan.
To celebrate Pride 2018, @themarcjacobs released the #GratefulNotHateful campaign, a social media initiative aimed at extending Pride beyond the parade. Inspired by Jacobs’ everyday outlook, the campaign features Jacobs along with a group of models and social media stars who are members and supporters of the LGBT community, all seen wearing @marcbeauty’s Highliner Gel Eye Crayons in colors of the rainbow. Head to our Instagram stories to see close-ups of the liner. #wwdbeauty
Virgil Abloh’s dad Nee and Don Crawley, cofounder of RSVP Gallery, were some of the hometown crew at the Chicago-born designer’s debut show for Louis Vuitton. (📸: @jdiderich ) #wwdmens #louisvuitton #virgilabloh
About last night: @marycharteris and @adwoaaboah hit up Hyde Park for the Serpentine Galleries’ annual summer party held in partnership with @chanelofficial. Head to WWD.com to see more photos. #wwdfashion
“This is Paris, my first show. I’m all about democracy. If some kid shows up, flew from New Jersey to just be around, let’s get him a seat.” — @virgilabloh tells WWD’s @jdiderich ahead of his first show for @louisvuitton men’s. (📸: @alfredo_piola ) #wwdmens #virgilabloh #louisvuitton
“Kate Spade was a true fashion icon who brought joy to the lives of women around the world, and inspired women to live life to the fullest. We are dedicated to carrying on her legacy,” said Anna Bakst, brand president and chief executive officer of @katespadeny. The Kate Spade Foundation announced that it will be donating $1 million to suicide prevention and mental health awareness in tribute to the recent death of Kate Spade. Read more on WWD.com. #wwdnews (📷: @chinseephoto)
A first look at @virgilabloh’s sneakers for @louisvuitton. Abloh spoke to WWD about his debut collection for Louis Vuitton, creating @kendalljenner’s #metgala outfit and redefining the heritage brand. Read the full story on WWD.com. #wwdfashion 📷: @alfredo_piola)
The world’s largest producer of denim @iskodenim is sharing the strategy behind its product development process. Read our full interview with ISKO’s product development manager Baris Ozden on the company’s extensive research practices, upcoming denim trends and the latest material innovations on WWD.com. #iskodenim